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My trainer has given me a new workout routine - 4 days of lifting (45 minutes to 1 hour) followed by 30 minutes of cardio and one day of an hour of cardio only.

I love this new routine. The problem is afterwards I am drained but am not hungry.

This morning I did an hour of lifting and 30 mins of elliptical cardio. Before hand I ate half a cup of dry oatmeal w/ skim milk. Afterwards, I had an Oh Yeah protein bar (28g protein).

Sitting here at my desk an hour later, I just want to go to sleep for a few hours because I'm fatigued.

What should I be eating for energy even though I am not hungry at all?

Eating too much will make me sick, but there has to be a fine line somewhere.

Thanks in advance!
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Date:April 16th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
My theories:
1)you're fatigued because you had protein after your work out. I dunno how many carbs are in that type of bar, but you need approx. 25 grams of carbs to restock you muscles after a good work out. You could be tired because your body is processing the protein, which takes alot of energy, without having enough carbs avaliable.
2) You aren't taking in enough total calories to support your exercise program. When I cut calories to try and lose weight, it makes my work out much harder.
3)Your work out is harder than you were doing before. When I was just doing cardio, I was never tired. I started strength training before cardio, and it sucked the energy right out of me. Took me about 6 weeks to adjust to the new schedule so I could even make it through my 40 minutes on the treadmill.

Alot of people drink sports drinks in recovery, but personally, I think they are a waste of calories. I would recommend something with at least 25 grams of carbs post work out, preferably a piece of fruit. You may want to eat berries or other fruit with your pre work out meal too, as having the carbs avaliable will slow the drain of glycogen from your muscles. (I know oatmeal is carbs but they are hard to digest & don't boost your blood sugar the way fruit will)

Good luck.
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Date:April 16th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! This is the type of response that I needed.

I have been eating less food overall for the past 1 or 2 with the exception of yesterday. I will add a fruit smoothie to my pre-workout meal and see how that helps me tomorrow morning.
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Date:May 17th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Since you are working out in the morning, I wouldn't eat before you go to workout. Maybe just have some coffee, then after your workout eat a high protein breakfast, then when you get tired at work have a piece of fruit.
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